Record whale sightings reported near Seattle in 2022, new data reveals

Bigg’s killer whales and humpbacks were spotted in record-breaking numbers in 2022.

SEATTLE — The Pacific Whale Watch Association (PWWA) released a new report showing that 2022 was a record-breaking year for whale sightings.

The experts said seals, sea lions, and porpoises have all recovered in astonishing ways and it’s because of this and other protections that the Salish Sea can now support many more whales than it used to.

“2022 was spectacular and it surpassed all of our expectations,” said Erin Gless, executive director of the PWWA.

Gless said there were more Bigg’s killer whales than ever on record and more

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